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Also, Chara might actually play with a broken jaw tonight in Game 5.

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The young Isles forward is using his platform to help with an important issue that has affected his family.
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The Stanley Cup Final returns to Boston tonight for Game 5. The winner puts themselves one win away from sweet victory; the loser would require 7 to take home the prize. In other words, this is a pretty important game.

Islanders News

For the second year in a row, Anthony Beauvillier is hosting a Spike for Alz tournament: it’s a tournament of spikeball to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research on July 13. It’s a disease that hits close to home for Beauvillier. [Islanders]

  • Carey Haber completes his series (I think, unless he has an entry planned for Valtteri Filppula) debating the merits of extending the Isles’ crop of free agents with Jordan Eberle. [LHH]
  • 50/50 raffle tickets are on sale now through the Blue & White Scrimmage, but they have to be purchased in person. The Islanders site details where you can get them and what you would pay for them. [Islanders]
  • David Gunnarsson knew the mask he was painting for Robin Lehner had a lot of deeper meaning to him, but he didn’t realize it would have the same effect on himself. [NHLPA]
  • Michael Fornabaio congratulates former some former Sound Tigers, goalie Eamon McAdam (part of the Matt Martin trade!) and former coach Scott Pellerin, who is currently Director of Player Development in the Maple Leafs organization, for their Kelly Cup victory in Game 6 at home a couple nights ago. The Newfoundland Growlers, Toronto’s ECHL affiliate, won the Cup in their inaugural season. [Soundin’ Off]

Stanley Cup Final

  • Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk practiced yesterday and is a possibility to return for tonight’s Game 5. Zdeno Chara, though, definitely broke his jaw and is far less certain to play. [NHL]
  • Though, it wouldn’t surprise many of his teammates if he did end up playing. Playing with a broken jaw probably isn’t too fun, though. [The Athletic]
  • Patrice Bergeron and Ryan O’Reilly produce similar results as players — consistent point production, spectacular, Selke-worthy defense — but are two entirely different players. [ESPN]
  • The Cup Final hinges on the play of Blues defenseman Jay Boumeester. No, really. [The Athletic]

Elsewhere

  • Sabres GM Jason Botterill says his top priority this summer is to extend pending UFA forward Jeff Skinner. Yeah, well I hope he doesn’t! [NHL]
  • Tyler Myers is a tall free agent this summer as well, but the Jets have decided to re-open talks with their (for now) blue-liner to see if they can come to a deal. [TSN]
  • New Senators coach D.J. Smith is free to hire his own assistants, and one of the guys he’s seriously considering is former Islanders coach Jack Capuano, recently let go in Florida after the Panthers fired Bob Boughner and hired Joel Quenneville. Smith and Boughner are tight. [Ottawa Sun]
  • The Athletic has its own version of the Trade Bait Board made famous by TSN. Here’s their 20 most likely to move players, and Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba tops the list. Probably why they’re circling back on Myers.
  • They also have a list of 25 guys most likely to be bought out, and surprisingly, no Islanders contracts make the list. Well, not that surprisingly — the Islanders have plenty of cap space. [The Athletic]